Hyderabad: L.B.Nagar, is one among the largest constituencies in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits. Total voters in the constituency stand at 4,01,137, drastically down from the 5,29,717 registered in 2014. The major chunk of the residents in this part represents the quintessential urban middle class– educated, employed. The constituency has electors from numerous colonies and more than 50 big or small slums in L.B.Nagar, Vanasthalipuram, Kothapet, part of Dilsukhnagar, Hastinapuram, Karmanghat, Mansurabad, Champapet, Badangpet, part of Saroornagar, Nagole, and Hayathnagar.
In 2014 elections, at the culmination of the Telangana movement when sentiments ran high in both states, TDP candidate R Krishnaiah polled 84,000 votes and TRS candidate Ram Mohan Goud got 71,000 votes and the Congress candidate Sudheer Reddy managed to get 56,000 votes. Congress party candidates are upbeat and believe that the combined votes of TDP and TRS could be around 1,40,000 votes. The BJP does not have a big presence but a few thousand votes would make a difference.
As per new calculations, Congress candidate Sudheer Reddy has gained the confidence of the people during his tenure as an MLA. Though he had lost the 2014 elections, Sudheer Reddy has played a significant role. Mr.Sudheer Reddy could benefit from the Congress-TDP alliance this time, and also owing to his Nalgonda nativity, a few predict. “Telangana government has failed in all its promises, and it’s nobody’s guess why the Chief Minister keeps harping on the ‘Andhrollu’ bogeyman, and Chandrababu Naidu’s villainy. This election will be a comeback for Congress here.
BJP candidate, Perala Shekar Rao, can make a dent. He has a following in LB Nagar, Nagole, Mansoorabad, Chaitanyapuri, and other areas. The more the votes BJP gets, the more it would hurt TRS.
Meanwhile, TRS candidate Rammohan Goud finds himself in a strange situation. In the recent GHMC elections, 11 corporators won but six out of them are not supporting him wholeheartedly. So much so, recently, a group met KTR to show their displeasure on his candidature. It is another matter that the party’s decision prevailed but on the ground level, Goud seems to be left alone. Opposition party candidates say that in the municipal elections people usually vote for the ruling party but the assembly elections is a different ball game.
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